|"I feared the war, yes,
but I also feared exile. I was afraid of walking away from my own life, my friends and my
family, my whole history, everything that mattered to me. I feared losing the respect of
my parents. I feared the law. I feared ridicule and censure." (The Things They
Carried, p. 48).
||The soldiers were hit with a moral split. Not only
were they afraid of the war, but they were also afraid of walking away from the war. They
did not want to be perceived as cowards and disgrace their family. Instead, they end up
going to battle because they feared the ridicule they would face if they did not go.